One dead after Botetourt Co. crash, multiple injured

Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 4:42 PM EDT
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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: According to VDOT, traffic has resumed on all lanes along I-81.

UPDATE: State Police say they received a report shortly before 3:30 p.m. about a reckless driver traveling southbound on I-81 at mile marker 181 in Rockbridge County. There were multiple reports about the same driver’s reckless behavior before the vehicle reached Rockbridge County.

A 2014 Ford Fusion hit a vehicle in the back at mile marker 175 and continued driving. A state trooper located the Fusion at the 165 mile marker driving at a high speed and on the right shoulder.

Due to heavy traffic, the trooper could not catch the driver until the 161 mile marker. The Fusion was not yielding to emergency equipment and continued traveling at between 90-100 miles per hour while passing other cars on the right shoulder.

The vehicle hit a 2010 Toyota Camry at the 155.2 mile marker and lost control. The Fusion rolled over and the driver was ejected.

Three people in the Toyota, one woman and two 17-year-olds, were taken to the hospital with non-critical injuries.

The driver died at the scene.

UPDATE: One person is dead after a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday. Multiple other injuries were reported.

Southbound traffic is being detoured onto Route 640, Brughs Mill Rd., onto US-11S, and back onto I-81S at Exit 150.

EARLIER STORY: All southbound lanes of I-81 in Botetourt County are closed at mile marker 155 due to an incident.

Delays are at two miles, according to VDOT.

Travelers are directed to seek alternate routes.

Check back for updates.

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